Explore Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, in all its hectic, noisy, beautiful, historic, and exotic glory. With its obvious gap between rich and poor, you either hate Bangkok – or you absolutely love it.
This Master Class workshop with James Nachtwey, one of the greatest and most important reportage photographers of our time, is based on Bangkok’s diversity. James Nachtwey and Better Moments want to give you the opportunity to discover the turbulent city with your camera, to see behind the curtain and get to its very core.
James Nachtwey will divide the workshop guests into small groups based on their personal photographic style and interests. Each group will get their own photo assignment to work on. The participants are expected to produce a photographic essay as if working on an assignment for a major magazine like National Geographic or a newspaper like The New York Times. The assignments are based on James’ profound experience and the unique circumstances of Bangkok. Together with James Nachtwey and our local photo guides, who usually work for international media such as CNN or the The New York Times, you will be guided and supported during this one-of-a-kind photo adventure.
Explore Bangkok with acclaimed photojournalist James Nachtwey and local photo guides
Work in small groups to accomplish your own photo assignment
Morning and evening workshops with James Nachtwey and our local guides
1-on-1 private portfolio review with James Nachtwey
Explore Bangkok’s many faces while working on your assignment
Meet the locals and learn about the Thai culture and traditions
James Nachtwey is an American photojournalist and war photographer. He has been awarded the Overseas Press Club’s Robert Capa Gold Medal five times and two World Press Photo awards.
Nachtwey has devoted himself to documenting wars, conflicts, and critical social issues. He has worked on extensive photographic essays all around the world.
Nachtwey has been a contract photographer with Time magazine since 1984. James was a member of Magnum from 1986 until 2001 and one of the founders of VII and a member from 2001 until 2008. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Rome, and around the world.
EXPAND WITH PASSION
Teaching and training on the best techniques along with special tips and personalized advice.
Learn to create dramatic and interesting photographs using composition, perspective and focal points.
Learn how to use different exposure times and aperture settings in various light conditions.
How to handle equipment with care on location and prepare for going in the field.
Private hands-on lessons with James Nachtwey that will help you to take your photography skills to the next level, no matter your starting point.
How to comfortably approach people for street photography.
How to use your camera as a tool for storytelling.
Daily reviews of the images you have taken throughout the day with constructive criticism to help you improve your skill-set.
Morning and evening workshops with James Nachtwey and our local photo guides
How to create a visual narrative that can be used in a book, magazine or exhibition.
Private 1-on-1 portfolio review
DAY 0: ARRIVAL IN BANGKOK
We recommend you to arrive one day earlier to get over your jetlag and adjust to the local climate and get the first feeling of the country. If you arrive one day earlier, you can use the day to relax or explore Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. If you wish, Better Moments can help you with booking a hotel and local excursions.
DAY 1: MEET JAMES NACHTWEY
The workshop starts today at 18:00. You will meet workshop leader James Nachtwey and the other guests for a tasteful welcome dinner. Afterwards, you will be introduced to our local photo guides and James will hold a presentation about Bangkok and explain more about the coming days and the workshop in general.You will learn about the tasks James wants the groups to solve during the workshop and which tools and working methods he recommends using.
DAY 2: ON ASSIGNMENT
Morning workshop with James Nachtwey. Here, you will be divided into small groups and given our first photo assignment.
Now you have time together with your group to define the task and to discuss how you want to solve and frame your story. James Nachtwey, the local guides and Better Moments’ assistant will support and guide you during this process.
When your group is ready to get started, you will leave with your guide who is also your interpreter. James Nachtwey will rotate between the groups in order to support each team with his his personal advice on how to solve the assignment.
In the evening, we will meet for dinner and review the images you have taken during the day and discus your assignments and the progress you have made today.
James Nachtwey will give a lecture about the most iconic images throughout he has taken throughout his career.
DAY 3-4: WORK ON YOUR STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Day 3 and 4 are framed by morning and evening workshops where we will discuss your projects. James will advise if you are on the right track. We will also review the images the groups have taken so far to talk about them in depth.
If you and your group prefer to go out and work on your project, you are of course welcome to do so.
During both days, private portfolio reviews will be conducted by James Nachtwey. Here, you can show a selection of your best photos, and you will have the opportunity to talk privately and openly about your photographic ambitions. James will share his advice with you point out possibilities to improve your photography.
In the evenings, we will have dinner together at the hotel.
Afterwards, James will share more of his images from all around the world.
DAY 5: TIME FOR NEW OUTINGS
Today we will explore the more popular sides of Bangkok. Our task is to find new and exciting angles of the city – just as if you were on a photo assignment for a magazine like National Geographic.
If you like, you can take a private longboat and capture Bangkok from the sea. In any case, James Nachtwey and your private guide will help you organize your day and tell you how to navigate the many streets and channels.
We will mix up the groups so you will have the chance to both be inspired and challenged by more of your fellow travelers.
After an eventful day, we will meet for dinner in the evening.
DAY 6: ON YOUR OWN
After breakfast, you will be given a task that you have to solve within a day. You can either do this by yourself or together with one of the other workshop participants.
We will meet for dinner at the hotel in the evening and discuss the tasks afterwards.
DAY 7: PRESENTATION OF RESULTS
Today you will have ample time to prepare the presentation of your respective projects. In the afternoon, each participant will present his/her project to James and the group. James will provide feedback on the results and the group is more than welcome to join the conversation.After dinner, we will celebrate this exciting week and our hard work with a farewell dinner.
DAY 8: DEPARTURE
Time to say goodbye. Today we all fly back home.
Enjoy our workshop catalog with stunning photos by James Nachtwey
We don’t want you to worry about losing money on your workshop booking. Therefore, you will receive a 100% refund of the workshop price – including your deposit – if we have to cancel any of our workshops due to coronavirus.
QUICK GUIDE GETTING THERE
All international flights arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport, also known as Bangkok Airport.
All visitors are required to have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the intended stay, and all visitors will need a visa. Some nationalities can get a VISA on arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport, but others must have one on arrival. Therefore, contact your local Thai Embassy.
In the capital, Bangkok, the climate is hot all year round. Between mid-November and January, the weather is good, usually with clear skies. Highs are around 30/32 °C (86/90 °F) and lows around 20/22 °C (68/72 °F), so it’s hot, even though it’s winter. In February, temperatures start to rise; the weather remains sunny, although occasionally a few short thunderstorms can develop.
Thai is the official language of Thailand. English is the secondary language taught and in touristy areas most Thai speak at least basic English.
Thailand’s monetary unit is the That Baht (THB)
Bangkok is a fascinating, exciting and incredible capital that never goes to sleep. There are many sights to visit, here is a selection:
Wat Pho, is the home to the Reclining Buddha which stands at fifteen metres tall and forty six metres long, the feet alone are measured at over five meters.
The Grand Palace at one time was the king’s home as well as the place where the government of Thailand carried out their work.
Jump aboard one of the sky trains. With air conditioned carriages there is no better way to get around.
Chatuchak Market, with over 8000 stalls covering 27 acres of space, is one of the largest markets in the world. Open every Saturday and Sunday.
The Bangkok National Museum is home to the largest collection of artifacts and Thai art in all of Thailand.
Thompson House is a great place to learn about the history behind this craft and the history of Jim Thompson himself.
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